At his heaviest James weighed 387 pounds and claims that the only time you’d catch him running was if his “life depended on it.” After 17 years of obesity, he realized his life did depend on making a very drastic change.

“My quality of life was degrading with each pound I gained,” says James. He dreaded shopping for clothes, was ashamed to go out in public and found himself, like so many in his predicament, on a series of yo-yo diets. He’d given up hope that he’d ever be able to successfully maintain a healthy weight.

Yet through the OPTIFAST Program, which helped him lose about 45 percent of his total body weight,* James says his attitude and behaviors towards food and exercise are significantly healthier giving him the tools to keep the weight off. He now runs 10-mile stretches and is even training for a half marathon, something he never dreamed of just a little over a year ago. And he’s enjoying every minute of it; his loyal dog and training partner, Dylan, has never been happier or healthier either.

*The success stories depicted in this section are representative of these individuals only and do not represent all OPTIFAST patients. The typical OPTIFAST patient loses over 50 pounds in 18-24 weeks. For many dieters, weight loss is only temporary.